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in new taxes, john boehner has said he's willing to give $1 trillion. obama said he wants $800 billion in spending cuts, same thing for boehner. but the difference comes with the once again, the tax threshold. president obama originally said he would be willing to go with the $400,000 tax threshold. and as boehner said going off obama's words, he was willing to do it at $1 million. it comes down to what that threshold is. >> karen finney, i want to ask you about the same question, this ten days business. but i also want to amendment that question or expand it. how much damage did the republicans do last night by blowing up plan "b"? in other words, does that take them out of the power position in the negotiations? >> absolutely. because i think at this point, it's pretty clear that any kind of -- boehner could not get, what? 117 votes. so it's clear whatever happens next, he's not going to be able to rely on his own caucus to make that happen. that means, who do you need? nancy pelosi and you're going to have to get democrats to get something through the house. and so, i certainly thin
the right if he supports a tax increase. i think president obama is doing the only sane thing he can, which is reach out to the speaker and he controls the house and, that is -- and the good news for the president is the public seems by all the polls, by the fact the election came out the way it did, to be in his corner, not the speaker's. >> rick: the president -- you want to weigh in on that? >> i just -- >> rick: americans are in favor of raising taxes on the wealthiest americans and, the president did win, november 6th. >> we have seen polls that say that, they approve tax reform and want to see real entitlement reform and want to get spending under control. but, president obama has failed to bring anything up to the -- on the table, and, especially the democrats, they have been silently on entitlement reform and silent on the spending cuts and as we know, we can talk about raising taxes on the rich. but, you know, it is like having a dad with a college daughter and they need to cut up the credit cards if they are spending too much. you have to cut the spending in order to get the -- th
they are going to lay off you have the man date tax and companies pulling back on insurance because of obama care. that hits a doubley for the middle class and they have to buy their own insurance and pay if they don't get it >> bottom line with the hobby lobby it is a private company but if they care about their beliefs and totally disagree with what the health care law is forcing them to cover . that's why they may go out of business. if they have to pay the fines, it will hurt the bottom line terribly. >> david obama care was not designed to save money. it need said a huge tax increase to fund it it is it a path of socialized medicine and all of the destruction and that is why unions and companis and employees are trying to optout of it it was a lousy piece of. that is truven to be terrible. that's what obama care is about. rick's good friend to bey cross grove was saying in the wall street journal. probably what it will lead to is a singer payer rule of socialized medicine. >> absolutely. i don't doubt it >> rich? >> i don't doubt that for a minute. obama care is doing and paralyzing growth a
to with hold income taxes from paychecks next month. employers are going to with hold the tax for the 2012 rates. >> president obama is restricting the number of inaugural balls to the lowest number in 60 years. there will be only two official parties right now. there was 10 held the last time around. there will be a concert honoring military families held on saturday before the inauguration. >> before the ina ration christmas. we are three days away. the holiday came a little early for some people. the women's organization has been an outreach to families that have people that are ill or incarcerated. >> thank you for all the people have done. this is overpowering. >> tears of joy as the washington wizards and volunteers delivered bags of gifts to her home. >> my goal is not to just play barble but do things the community. >> his daughter recently passed away after a battle with cancer leaving her the garppedquanian of three grandchildren. >> it won't replace him for me but it's going to ease the pain. it's going to ease it a lot. >> gibbs herself is
. the president's plan to raise tax rates ko could still be as far as eye could see. >> reporter: president obama will return after christmas and work on fiscal issues. he believes a comprehensive deal could be reached but he seems to be acknowledging for scaled back plan for cutting taxes on the middle-class. >> even though democrats and republicans are arguing about whether those rates should go up for the wealthiest individuals, all of us, every single one of us agree that tax rates shouldn't go up for the other 98% of americans which includes 97% of small business. >> reporter: president said the middle-class tax cuts achievable in the next ten days and he wants to preserve unemployment benefits that is set to expire for two million americans. >> gregg: steve, thanks. >> heather: what would it mean if lawmakers fail to sfreiblg a deal? 90% of americans would see a tax hike in 2013. 121 million people will be paying more in payroll taxes and families making between $40-65,000 a year will pay an extra two grand to the government. >> and tomorrow, john barosso and kent conrad will be sitting dow
a plan to avert spending cuts and big tax hikes january 1st. president obama is calling on congress to craft at least a minimal deal and confident both sides will come to an agreement. this week, republicans rejected an alternative tax plan by speaker john boehner, that would have prevented taxes from rising on income under one million a year. well, there's a new law getting ugly for the good looking. iowa supreme court bosses can legally fire anybody they see as an irresisttable atraction, he fired her because he felt she was attraction to his fidelity to his wife. >> neil: get ready for new fees to fly in the new year. from southwest airlines. you miss a flight and don't cancel your discount ticket, you're going to pay up. overweight bags get ready to lighten up your wallet more. if you're overweight get ready to be killed. just-- (laughter) southwest says it needs the money. what about letting us keep them. >> it's so ridiculous and makes me so-- the airlines fees are like tattoos, never ever go away they just go up, up, up, up. >> neil: that depends where the tattoos are. i do.
it to the floor. president obama moved closer to the republicans on rates, tax rates, and said that in terms of spending cuts, he was willing to make more spending cuts. all contrary to the representations' about his position that you may have heard. every time we are close to a solution, whether it was a year- and-a-half ago in the summer or right now, the republicans walkaway. when we thought we were close this week, republicans decided to follow another path, a path that led them over the cliff, a route in which they did not have the votes. that was then. this is now. let's go back to the negotiation table. we have no right to walk out the door of congress with no clear path to a resolution of this challenge. it is time to get back on track, back to the negotiating table. we must work together in a bipartisan way to create jobs, grow the economy, strengthen the middle-class, reduce the deficit, and to do so in a responsible way. we can and we must get the job done now. i am pleased to yield to the distinguished democratic legislator, steny hoyer. >> i thank the leader for her comments, an
for entitlement reform and tax reform. what's now being worked out is to avert those tax hikes. as president obama wants it, he wants it up to folks earning $250,000, and also wants to deal with unemployment insurance getting that he can extended for unemployed americans but that bigger stuff kicked down the road. >> brianna, will americans actually see their paychecks affected january 1st without a deal? >> reporter: if no deal, that is not expected. technically, the tax hikes would go into effect then, don. but there would be a whole lot of pressure on washington to act, even if we were to go over the fiscal cliff. and because of that, payroll processors would wait to use the new math, if you will. and a lot of people wouldn't see an increase in the taxes taken out of their paychecks until late january or early february when it was clear that the fiscal cliff was here to stay. >> brianna, i am not by nature a jealous person at all. but are you in waikiki? is that waikiki? because i was just there for thanksgiving. >> reporter: not too bad, huh? >> i'm hating you to so much right now. congratulat
stocking. higher taxes, lawmakers and president obama have left washington for christmas with no deal on tax hikes and spending cuts set to go in effect after the first of the year. brianna keilar is live in hawaii where the president is spending the christmas holiday. brianna, the president maybe a little too optimistic that a deal can be reached? aloha, by the way. >> he did say last night that he is a hopeless optimist that something can get done, but what we know, it's not going to be that big package, obviously of deficit reduction as well as dealing with these tax hikes that are set to kick in. that's not what's going to be happening, instead, he's pressing for something smaller just to a deal with stopping those tax hikes from kicking in for americans making $250,000 per year or less. and also trying to make sure that unemployment benefits are extended. listen to what president obama said last night and also listen to what some of the house republican resistance from speaker boehner to his sort of short-term plan here. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to
between the two sides centers around a balanced approach to the budget. republicans say president obama wants too much revenue. that's taxes in normal speak. and not enough cuts. >> at some point we have to address the spending problem we have. we can't cut our way to prosperity. we need real economic growth. many of us believe on both sides of the aisle the fundamental reform of our tax code will help us get your economy moving faster and put more americans back to work. how we get there god only knows. >> president obama doesn't see it that way. >> at some point there's got to be i think a recognition on the part of my republican friends th that, you know, take the deal. they will be able to claim that they have worked with me over the last two years to reduce the deficit more than any other deficit reduction package. >> the ceo of pimco, one of the world's largest investors in bonds. mark standee is chief investor at moody's. and christine romans, host of "your bottom line." gdp, the broadest measure of the economy grew at an annual rate of 3.1% over the summer. we just got those num
with president obama and signals conservative republicans are inwilling to stomach any rise in tax rates even on those making more than $1 million which was mr. boehner's plan. so walk us through what happened on friday. how did we get there? and it seems like the speaker of the house didn't see this coming, and a lot of folks in washington want to know why not? guest: we begin the week with the speaker of the house saying negotiations between he and president obama had stalled. they were stuck on their -- i guess i would say maybe not their final offers but current offers. boehner said he would raise taxes on those making a million a year or more and get all told $1 trillion in tax increases which he wanted to be matched with $1 trillion in spending cuts and the rate increases on those making $1 million or more and remove loopholes and deductions to get the rest in revenue and then you had your spending cuts. the president, sort of depends on how you do your math and counting, but the president -- by scoreible math the president would have been at $1.3 trillion in tax increases and $900 bil
summer connish in for chris matthews. president obama calls for congress to act on a scaled down deal that would spare the middle class on tax hikes from the first of the year. he spoke with john boehner tonight but is grand bargain still possible when everybody is leaving town. then in the weeks since the shooting massacre in a town that left hand 20 children and six educators dead, we've been hearing for plenty calling for new gun control laws but little from the nra until now. in a bizarre meeting, the head of the nra said the solution to gun vie lerchs in this country is simple. more guns. armed officers, in fact, in every school. it's the same line we've heard from nra, but has the country's relationship with guns fundamentally changed since newtown? and what we saw is yet another symptom of a real problem for the gop. they don't believe in compromise and they've lurched too far to the right. >>> plus replacing hillary clinton, john kerry gets the job he's waited for his whole life. president obama tapped john kerry as the next secretary of state. >>> and let me finish with the n
, and everyone else will be paying much higher taxes. president obama is challenging congress to get it done. >> in ten days we face a deadline. in ten days under current law, tax rates are scheduled to rise on most americans. and even though democrats and republicans are arguing about whether those rates should go up for the wealthiest individuals, all of us, every single one of us agrees that tax rates shouldn't go up for the other 98% of americans, which includes 97% of small businesses. >> let's check in now with cnn's emily schmitt in washington. the president made this surprise late appearance yesterday. he urged republicans to approve, i guess what you might consider a stripped down deal. this all happened around dinner time. so a lot of folks might not have seen it. give us the details. what is he proposing? >> well, i have to tell you, a few minutes ago, president obama landed in hawaii, 72 degrees there was the temperature on the ground. certainly warmer than it is in washington, certainly warmer than the political climate that president obama left behind here here in washington. i
boehner right now. he's still in a tight spot and the concern that the republicans have is that obama's panel strength and as we go over the cliff and tax rates go up. but i really think the buck stops with the president here. when you go into the negotiating sessions, paul and you're expected to make concessions, but you're expect today get something in return and boehner made a major concession on rights and the president is giving him nothing in return to take that to his caucus and say, this is what happened in the horse trading. it's all or nothing, obama seems determined to humiliate the opposition. >> paul: boehner made two concessions, first 800 billion on the table in revenue and don't raise rates when the president said no he, you've got to raise rates. he said okay, a concession on rates, an offer first we'll vote for a million dollar tax increase on those making more than a million dollars, but give me something in return. then, those negotiations went nowhere, so then john boehner went to plan b. and i mean, i think you sense at least when i talk to boehner's people the e
holidays. >> unless president obama and congress takes action, taxes will go up on january 1. the sequester will go into effect that will harm national defense. that is currently the law of the land. a house is done its part to avert the fiscal cliff. we have passed legislation that would replace the sequester with responsible spending cuts. he also passed a bill to stop all of the january 1 tax cuts. -- we also passed a bill to stop all of the generally when tax cuts. the american people reelected president obama on election date. the also elected the republican majority in the house. they gave us a mandate not to raise taxes on families and small businesses, but a mandate to work together to solve the massive debt that threatens our country's future. unfortunately the president and senate democrats have vowed to reject indeed all of our proposals while failing to offer responsible solutions of their own. what the president has offered so far will not do anything to solve our spending problem and begin to adjust our nation's crippling debt. instead he wants more spending and tax hikes that
'll close a deal to end the fiscal cliff crisis. taxes for 90% of us will go up in days unless an agreement is reached. president barack obama is now in hawaii for christmas with his family. yesterday, he urged the congress to adopt a stopgap measure to keep benefits flowing to unemployed workers that prevent taxes from rising on income under $250,000 a year. house speaker john boehner, he's home in cincinnati tonight. he failed the get mobs of his -- to get members of his own party to support the plan b. proposal for ending the crisis. today boehner was blaming democrats for the stale mail by refusing to include -- stalemate by refusing to include entitlements in the proposal. >> what the president is offering so far won't do anything to solve the problem. instead he wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt the economy. and he refuses to challenge the members of his party to deal honestly with the entitlement reform and the big issues that are facing our nation. that's why we find ourselves here today. >> president said on friday that since the deal has not been reached he wou
hanger. president obama calls on congress to act after christmas on a scaled down deal that would spare the middle class from tax hikes on the first of the year. >> we've heard plenty of people calling for new gun control laws, but very little from the national rifle association until now. in a bizarre news conference that was interrupted twice by protesters, the head of the nra. it's the same line we've heard before from the nra, but has the country's relationship with guns fundamentally changed since newtown? and what we saw last night from house republicans is yet another symptom of the real problem for the gop. they don't believe in compromise. and they've lurched too far to the right. we begin with where things stand on the fiscal cliff, msnbc political analyst and msnbc contributor jared bernstein. jentle men, president obama tonight said he had spoken with speaker boehner in addition to senate majority leader harry reed. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner and i also met with senator reed. in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents
a meeting today with leaders of both political parties. president obama called on congress to quickly come up with a solution. to avoid the fiscal cliff. that is the end- of- the year trigger on tax hikes. and spending cuts. >> in the next few days i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both and deficit reduction. >>pam: house speaker john boehner failed to gain enough of his party's support for his "plan b". that proposal would have raised taxes only on those americans making more than one million dollars a year. without a deal, steep tax hikes and massive government spending cuts are set to kick in after january first. as the fiscal cliff countdown continues. house and senate members and president obama. have all recessed for the christmas holiday. >> the ninth circut court of appeals today blocked a california law which bans the controversial therapy. that aims to turn gay minors. straight. the three judge panel issued
to go until this potentially damaging combination of tax increases and spending cuts goes into effect, but so far, the politicians seem no closer to averting the plunge. president obama is pressing for action. he had this to say just a few minutes ago. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner and i also met with senator reid. i have asked the leaders of congress to prevent tax hikes on middle-class americans, protect unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lay the groundwork for further work. that is an achievable goal. that can get down in 10 days. >> president obama there on the upcoming fiscal cliff. joining me now to discuss the standoff is the bbc's ben wright. thank you very much. was there anything in the president's speech that would give us any cause for optimism that is the cliff can beat averted? >> i thought his tone was interesting. he was optimistic an exasperated at the same time. he reminded people in congress they only have 10 days left to find a deal before there's this huge hike in taxes and cuts in spending. he said a deal of some sort is an achievable goal.
. the more beholden to government more obama on the left and government wants to raise taxes to feed that trough. >> brenda: i scored higher than you, i went on and i had more than 50 that i could do. >> 50? >> and susan, you say this is more efficient for government? >> it can be. it it counts counter intuitive, what happens in government you create a program, you see whether it works or doesn't work, who is coming to it and if it's not working you create a new program you don't actually kill the old one, we wind up, gary b, you're finding 60 different programs seems like they're doing the same thing. if we have a tool that actually helps us identify the right people to benefit for the programs that we create and the ones that aren't getting, we kill them, we'll get the bureaucracy-- >> and all right. >> you don't believe me, but i tell you, it's true. >> brenda: is this what this online tutorial is all about it or more on the government dole? >> this is about big government what the website is about. a better example the government is not serious about reducing run away website. th
. they boarded air force one tonight to head to his home state. but not before president obama acknowledged that no deal has been made to avoid the fiscal cliff. coming up, the president's message to congress today in hopes of avoiding tax hikes and spending cuts. >>> different solution to gun violence. what this man says it is time to do about guns and his push to make it happen. >> a foot of new snow [ bells ] >>> the names of each victim killed in the connecticut school shooting at sandy hook elementary school in newton, connecticut were read today. mourners observed a moment of silence to mark one week. many gathered in the rain outside the school to pay respects. >>> the head of the national rifle association layed out a plan to stop the killings. ktvu's eric rasmussen found one man who is leading a different fight to treat gun violence as a public health epidemic. >> reporter: he is one of hundreds of petitions that sprung up since the tragedy at sandy hook elementary school. >> reporter: as the national rifle association took the podium in washington. >> the only thing that stop as b
president obama called on congress to quickly come up with a solution to avert some tax hikes and spending cuts. >> i have asked leaders to work towards a package that presents a tax hike, protects unemployment insurance, and lays the ground work for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> reporter: remarks came after speaker of the house john boehner failed to bring plan b to the floor. it would have raised taxes on those americans making more than $1 million a year. >> we had a number of our members who just really didn't want to be perceived as raising taxes. >> reporter: the two sides left blaming each other for inaction. democrats said the failure in the house pointed for a need for more compromise by the gop. >> republicans got the message loud and clear. >> reporter: he said the next move needs to come from the president. >> he is the only one who can do it. this isn't john boehner's problem to solve. >> without a deal tax hikes and spending cuts are set to trigger after january 1. in washington. >>> just released figures show the price of a home in november rose to th
to hawaii, president obama said he met individually with leaders of the house and senate, asking them to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans. >> this is something within our capacity to solve. it doesn't take that much work. we just have to do the right thing. so call me a hopeless optimist, but i still think we can get it done. >> earlier in the day, speaker boehner held a news conference. a vote on his so-called plan "b" was scrapped thursday night when it became clear it did not have enough support among house republicans to secure passage. >> a situation where because of the political divide in the country, because of the divide here in washington, trying to bridge these differences has been difficult. if it were easy, i'll guarantee you this would have been done decades before. >> joining me now, congressional reporter for "the washington post," ed o'keefe. good to see you. >> good to see you too. any kind of realistic timetable that this will be done before january 1st? >> what the president is most concerned about now, making sure unemployme
that all was clear in the elementary school. after a meeting today with >> party leaders. president obama called on congress to solution. to avoid some end- of- the year tax hikes. due to the fiscal cliff. >> in the next few days i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both and deficit reduction. >> pam: this comes after house speaker john boehner failed to gain enough of his party's support. to his "plan b". his proposal would have raised taxes only on those americans making more than one million dollars a year. without a deal, steep tax hikes and massive government spending cuts are set to trigger after january first. as the fiscal cliff countdown continues. house and senate members have already recessed for the holidays. >> president obama will nominate senator john kerry as the next secretary of state. he made the announcement at the white house today. current secretary of state hillary clinton is stepping down in janu
what they consider to be an implicit tax hike, let the tax rates expire and go up to 39.6%, why will we pass that when we know harry reid will kill it in the senate or obama will veto it? why go out on a limb and abandon the idea republicans never allow a tax hike for something just going to be an attempt at a strategic thing, and the reason they thought it would fail is it would involve trying to blame obama if we went over the fiscal cliff and republicans don't think the media would accept that narrative. i don't know. you would know better than i would about how the media would react to that. that was a feeling on the republicans part they couldn't successfully pin obama with going over the cliff. >> i never speak for the media. i speak only for myself. i don't know. it is going to really depend, don't you think? matt, you have a column back in december that said john boehner cat herder and i was thinking the cats got the better of the speaker. what do you think that means for his future? does he remain as speaker? does someone else come in and take over because it is an indication h
. >> happy holidays. >> unless president obama and congress take action, tax rates will go on everyone on gingrey first. the day after that, and mandatory sequester will go into effect -- january 1st. the day after that, and mandatory sequester will go into effect. on the 10th of may, we pass legislation that would replace the sequester which irresponsible spending cuts. the events of this past week make clearer than ever that these measures reflect the will of the house. the american people reelected president obama on election day. the also elected a republican majority in the house. they give us all the mandate. not a mandate to raise taxes on families of small businesses, and meant it for us to work together to begin solving the massive debt that threatens our future. the president and senate democrats have vowed to reject an veto all of our proposals waffling to offer responsible solutions of their own. -- proposals while failing to offer responsible solutions of their own. instead, he wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt our economy. he refuses to challenge the m
. the plan would have raised taxes on income over $1 million. he says it is now up to president barack obama to come up with a solution. >> what could that mean for ordinary americans? our reporter went to find out. >> store manager jennifer thomas sells trendy designer fashions at her boutique in the u.s. capitol, washington, d.c. it is a tough business. competition is fierce, and it could get worse if the u.s. were to slip over the fiscal cliff. automatic tax hikes across the board would mean less disposable income for american consumers. >> i think our biggest concerns here are we will not be seeing people purchase as many items as they have in the past. we will see people buy jeans and a top, but they will not buy an additional pair of jeans or a dress on top of that. >> many customers are already pinching pennies. >> it has put a lower ceiling than normal on what we can spend for the holidays, our expenditures for our home, our plans for next year, with trips we may or may not go on. >> but the budget control act leading to the fiscal cliff is about more than just tax hikes. automatic p
of us-- agrees that tax rates shouldn't go up for the other 98% of americans. >> reporter: the president met with harry reid at the white house and spoke with house speaker john boehner. mr. obama said lawmakers need a break from fiscal cliff frustration-- much of it self- induced. >> we move forward together or we don't move forward at all so as we leave town for a few days to be with our families for the holidays, i hope it gives everybody some perspective. >> reporter: the president will follow his own advice. lawmakers and return to washington if there is a deal. >> pelley: major, thank you. as you know, this debate is all about bringing the federal budget under control. if the white house and congress can't figure it out, big across- the-board budget cuts and those tax increases we mentioned kick in automatically january 1. the so-called fiscal cliff. the republican speaker of the house tried to force through his solution last night but he couldn't keep his own party in line. nancy cordes is at the capitol. nancy? >> reporter: scott, this was an unforced error. speaker boehner did n
would be getting what president obama laid out yesterday and that was extending the bush-era tax cuts of $250,000 or below as well as extending unemployment insurance and if it sails through the senate and gets to the house and john boehner allows that to get up to a vote it would most likely pass without a majority of house republicans and that could infuriate the republican caucus. the other option for house speaker john boehner would be to hold firm to hold their ground. however, that's actually the most likely outcome to going over the fiscal cliff and all polls, actually show that republicans would bear the brunt of the blame for that. so i wouldn't want to be in john boehner's shoes right now. >> either way, if it is the first scenario that mark marked out for us, if not speaker boehner, then who might replace them should there be a revolt here? eric cantor, just a year ago we were watching 2011 and it seemed like he was waiting in the wings. when you look at that, what might be the situation here? >> well, i think the situation is, i agree with mark that speaker boehner is in a
-dollar owners and i mean revenue producers if you make a million would you raise their taxes, the way it stood. no but if they had had meaningful spending cuts, yes. i mean, it doesn't make sense to raise anybody's taxes right now. but guess what, elections matter. president obama won. but we have got to get meaningful spending cuts. we are going to spend 3.8 trillion laura this year. we are going to bring in only 2.5 trillion. but out of the 2.5, every single penny is spent on the debt and all the entitlements, medicare, medicaid, social security, so unless we are talking hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars in spending cuts, this discussion about tax increases is just foley. it is absolutely ridiculous. harry reid said that the boehner mr. was dead on arrival. it wasn't going to pass the senate anyway. so, boehner didn't get the support of his members, enough at least and it would have been a vote for not because the senator would have said thanks, no thanks. we are going to have the leverage and we will shove whatever you want down your throats whether you like it or no
that obama had was not a fiscal 1 but political, to follow the victory in november by creating civil war among republicans over the tax issue, which is exactly what happened. he said the 1 requirement i have for any deal is hiking tax rates. the reason that boehner was not able to do plan b was because it involved breaching the principle, which she did openly and said he was ready to do it. then conservatives said they would not do it. that is now a fracture in the party that will be extremely hard to reconcile. if you can not, how did you get a deal done before january 1? i am not sure they can be done that is essentially the problem the president faced with boehner two years ago, last year. can he deliver? how can you negotiate with someone who cannot deliver his side? >> you go to people for support, at least three of whom have lost their committee assignments. how can you expect them to come into your way of thinking? >> and they were growing when john boehner went down, taking some delight, but that was cleared, that was pre-cleared by the leadership. the leadership was with them. t
before january. [no audio] >> today president obama vowed he would sign a bill before january to extend tax cuts for most americans. his remarks came as congress leaves washington without a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. the president said he hoped any deal to avoid the fiscal cliff would also include and extension of unemployment insurance and lay this is about 7 minutes. >> good afternoon, everybody. for the last few weeks, i have been working with the leaders of both parties on a proposal to get our deficit under control, to avoid tax cuts -- to avoid tax hikes on the middle-class. and to make sure we can spur jobs and economic growth. a balanced proposal that cuts spending, but also ask the wealthiest americans to pay more, a proposal that will strengthen the middle class over the long haul, and our economy over the long haul. in the course of these negotiations, i offered to compromise with republicans in congress. i met them halfway on taxes and more than halfway on spending. today, i am still willing to get a comprehensive package done. i still believe that reducing o
holidays. >> reporter: -- on friday the focus was on the fiscal cliff. mr. obama conceded a large deal may now be impossible but urged congress to at least prevent taxes from going up on middle class americans while extending unemployment insurance and laying the groundwork for deficit reduction. >> i expect democrats and republicans to get back to washington and have it pass both chambers. and i will immediately sign that legislation into law. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner also headed home after a bruising week. his own conference refused to back his proposal, which would have allowed taxes to go up on the wealthy, delivering a stinging blow to his leadership. today he faulted the president and congressional democrats for the impasse. >> unfortunately, the president and senate democrats have vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals while failing to offer responsible solutions of their own. >> reporter: the prospects for a deal remain grim. on friday senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said his strategy forward is unclear, but stressed time is running out. >> the u.s. e
the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. disagreements over how much to raise the taxes and cut spending continued to separate democrats and republicans. president obama called on house speaker john boehner to come back to the negotiating table and avoid the "fiscal cliff." >> as of today, i am still ready and willing to get a comprehensive package done. >> the remarks came after speaker boehner failed to gather enough of his party's support to bring his so-called plan b to the floor for a vote. his proposal would have effectively raised taxes only on those americans making more than a million dollars a year. house and senate members will be back at the capital on december 27th looking for that solution. >>> wall street worried about the "fiscal cliff" talks, stocks closed sharply lower today. the dow dropped more than 120 points. the nasdaq fell 29 points. the s&p dropped, as well. >>> california cannot stop people from using the so-called conversion therapy to try to turn gay minors straight. the federal appeals court issued an emergency order late this afternoon putti
. >> holman: boehner's plan would have raised tax rates for households making more than $1 million, whereas president obama would raise rates on incomes above $400,000. but last night, as the vote neared, it became clear that at least two dozen rank-and-file republicans still opposed any increase. so party leaders abruptly ended the session. >> the house will stand in recess subject to the call of the chair. >> holman: at that point, republicans called an emergency meeting here in their capitol conference room, and leaders told members they did not have the votes. they announced the house would break until after christmas, but did not name a date when the chamber would reconvene. today, the speaker dismissed any suggestion that the turn of events was a rejection of his leadership. >> they weren't taking that out on me. they were dealing with the perception that somebody might accuse them of raising taxes. >> holman: democrats said the speaker had wasted a week, only to be slapped down by his own party. house minority whip steny hoyer: >> last night's vote showed us that resolving the challe
. taxes will go up on middle class americans. it is hard to imagine a scenario in which president obama would stay here. we haven't gotten the final word on his schedule, however. i think it certain sly fair to assume that he might be cut thing vacation little bit short. >> speaking of schedules, the president had a busy day before he left for vacation yesterday. it began with his response to the online petition calling for action to reduce gun violence. >> as i said earlier this week i cap do it alone. i need your help. if we are going to succeed, it is going to take a sustained effort from mothers, fathers, daughters and sons, law enforcement and responsible gun owners. i think it is fair to say that danny was perhaps my earliest political inspiration. i'm very proud to announce my choice for america's next secretary of state, john kerry. avert thing middle-class tax hike is not a democratic responsibility or a republican responsibility. with their votes the american people have determined that govern sing a shared be responsibility between both parties. >> yikes. starts at 6:00 a.m.
cliff of tax increases and spending cuts. still, congress has gone home for the holidays, and today president obama and his family arrived in honolulu, where they'll celebrate christmas. the president says he is ready to return to make a deal. retailers called today "super saturday." it is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year. businesses are banking on it because so far this season sales numbers have not been as stroongz many had hoped to see. here's michelle miller. >> reporter: kidding around isa a specialty toy store in new york city. you won't find any of this stuff at target, wal-mart? >> no. >> reporter: the owner says today is his busiest day of the year. within the last month, what have your sales been? >> they're up from last year about 5.5% but some of that is the influence of the early hanukkah. >> reporter: he's doing better than most retailers. shopper track, which monitors consumer behavior nationwide, predicted holiday sales growth of 3.3%. they just cut it to 2.5%. >> the traffic growth has been solid but people are still very tight with their p
, but before he left, president obama urged republicans and democrats alike to get it done. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> congress is also in recess until after christmas. in his weekly address, house speaker john boehner accused the president and senate democrats of failing to offer a responsible solution. boehner's own proposal had to be pulled this week after he failed to get enough support from fellow republicans. >>> and the national rifle association promised meaningful contributions to avoid another tragedy like the one in newtown, connecticut. friday, the gun rights group unveiled that plan. nra executive vice president wayne lapierre says the u.s. should put armed guards in all schools. the comments came one week after 20 children and seven adults excludeing the gunman were killed in one of
the cpi. obama has done everything he can to convince the republicans to take a deal that under normal circumstances would be a huge victory for them. they are changing entitlement programs, protecting tax cuts for 99% of the public, getting trillions through the deal -- in the summer of 2011. that is a very much conservative victory. but obama can't seem to get boehner to say yes, i claim victory on this one. and it is remarkable that that is the second time he offered cuts to social security benefits, and boehner is not willing to accept it. >> what are the white house's terms once you hit january one. and will all the same stuff be on the table? or will the president simply demand a fix in the tax rates as a starting point, pass the bill that fixes the tax rates first, then you can come up here and talk about the other stuff. >> it is a great point. and you know one of the understated aspects of this whole negotiation process is how much unemployment insurance, the payroll tax cut, and infrastructure spending has kept the white house at the table. the administration wants those thre
from crippling tax hikes. while president obama and the speaker work toward a compromise agreement. that agreement should be comprehensive. if republicans truly want to ensure american families taxes don't go up on january 1, they should simply pass the senate bill. the only reason speaker boehner hasn't brought our bill to the floor sooner is he knows it will pass. he worked for a day or two seeing if he could bring that up so it wouldn't pass. that didn't work either. americans are not fooled by the speaker's phony procedural excuses for failing to bring this solution to a vote. they are tired of excuses. they expect action. so let me be very poignant. there is nothing preventing the speaker from taking up our bill and giving middle-class families certainty. so i say to my friend, the speaker, this isn't a game, it is not scoring political points or putting wins on the board. there will be very serious consequences for millions of families if congress fails to compromise. there will be very serious consequences for our country if congress fails to compromise. it's time for the sp
. >> here is the rub, president obama knows nothing about being a great legislator and the tea party doesn't either. it's great to run on principle and sign a pledge you won't raise taxes, but in d.c., jamie, you have to compromise. ronald reagan figured that out, bill clinton figured that out, lbj was with the civil rights legislation figured that out. both sides need to come together again, it's on president obama, harry reid and the tea party. >> jamie: let's get michael in here. michael, at this point what can the president do? he's on vacation and the american people are wondering, they're selling off houses, selling off stock. they don't know what next year looks like. >> in the interest of communication, not where the president is at christmas, but speaker boehner basically asked harry reid to figure out how to get a package that he can get 100 republican votes in the house of representatives on and harry reid is very good at figuring out the compromise that angela just talked about. i completely agree with angela's point, that the tea party has the speaker held hostage. a half doze
of steinberg global asset management. and warren buffett, the oracle of omaha has plenty to say on taxes and the fiscal cliff: we talk with his long-time friend and "fortune" magazine journalist carol loomis. that and more tonight on "n.b.r." some straight talk from president obama tonight about the fiscal cliff. speaking to reporters from the white house he said he's ready and willing to get a comprehensive package done, but it's up to republicans and democrats to make it happen. >> nobody gets 100% of what they want. everybody has to give a little. >> susie: the president also proposed a smaller package that prevents taxes for 98% of americans from going up and for unemployment insurance to be extended. he pressed lawmakers to agree on this in the next ten days. darren gersh has details. >> reporter: one day after the collapse of efforts to avoid the fiscal cliff, all sides were speaker boehner tried to shift that burden, saying democrats unemployment insurance to be extended. >> we can't cut our way to prosperity we need real economic growth. and many of us believe on both sides of th
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